This is a series of blog posts about real estate in Salem Oregon written by Melina Tomson of Tomson Burnham, a small boutique real estate brokerage in Salem Oregon.  The blog has articles about local real estate market conditions from Salem, Keizer, Independence, Monmouth, Dallas, Stayton, Aumsville and Silverton.

The blog covers topics from market conditions to happenings inside the real estate industry that might impact consumers to new technologies that are housing-related.  Community information for home buyers looking to relocate to Salem is also housed in our blog as we discuss our local favorites.

Friday Night Funnies – May 2008 Edition

One of the best things we can do is laugh. It’s good for the soul. Sometimes that means laughing at ourselves or sterotypes. Someone shared this video on another forum, and I thought it was funny. It is about 5 minutes long. I’m thinking about trying his excellent techniques with my clients… (c) Copyright, 2008.…

Heading into oblivion..

I like to read Business Week. The latest issue to hit my mailbox, left my jaw dropping. Just Charge That Mortgage by Jessica Silver-Greenberg caught my eye. Apparently using homes as ATM’s during the boom time was not good enough. ChargeSmart,has a new online payment service where homeowners can continue to spend themselves silly. Yep,…

Do you practice what you preach?

Integrity. Do you live by it? Do you say one thing and do another? Do you tell your clients that they have to be on the MLS to sell a house and then put yours up FSBO? Do you recommend an average home inspector for your clients, but hire the “deal killer” ones for yourself…

Employment in Salem, OR

I have been talking with a lot of people about relocating to Salem Oregon lately. I thought I would do a blog series for all of the relocaters about our area. What type of jobs are available here is a very common question. First thing to know, Salem is the state capital of Oregon so…

Nuisance laws

A common question I get as a real estate agent is “what are the neighbors like?” Most of the time I don’t know. I haven’t met them or seen them. What the buyer’s of a home are interested in are whether or not their neighbors are jerks or not. Some states have nuisance laws so…

Rethinking the consequenes

You’ve all read about it. Buy and Bail. Walkways. It’s all over the news. For those considering these ideas here in Salem…have you really thought it through. In the buy and bail scenario, a homeowner with good credit purchases a second home and then lets the first home go into foreclosure. With their good credit…

Negotiate Commission Says CR

Commissions are negotiable is a mantra of the real estate world. The reason for this is to dispel the myth that there is a standard “6%” commission. That would be price fixing. Not good… So recently Consumer Reports did a study about negotiating real estate commissions. What did they find? Drum roll…you can negotiate commissions.…

HOA’s and Property Rights

There is a healthy debate happening on a forum with regard to HOA’s. The title of the thread is I hate my HOA. Many posters agreed with the original poster about how awful HOA’s are and there was a lot of HOA bashing. One wrote: “I still do not even understand why and how HOAs…

Taking riders to a whole new level.

Kris Berg wrote a recent blog about a sign with a special rider on it. The sign is most definately a sign of the times. As an agent, buyers are always asking me “how low” can they offer. Yes, I have had sellers get insulted with the offer my buyer wanted to make. Maybe, I…